Bodegas Jimenez Landi, Piélago 2014

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Bodegas Jiménez-Landi is a family project born of a passion for the countryside and the vineyards therein. Situated in Méntrida to the west of Madrid (50km) and north of Toledo, in the foothills of the Sierra de Gredos (Valle del Tiétar and Alberche Valley), the winery is located in an old manor house, whose oldest part dates from the late 16th century.

The family’s ancestors used to make wine in old tinajas in the cellars here. The current winery was founded in 1963.
In 2004, a new era began with the Jiménez-Landi family setting out to produce their own wines from their own vineyards. Currently José Benavides Jiménez-Landi manages the winery based on respect for the environment and the best of tradition. They focus on limited production wines, representing typical characteristics of the local soils and grapes. Garnacha is very much the king here.

The family works a total of 15 hectares of vines aged between 12 and 40 years. They follow organic farming principles, in order to produce elegant wines whose production is in harmony with their environment. The vineyards are located on highly degraded granitic, sandy soils poor in organic matter, with only a small amount of chalk. The average altitude lies between 550 and 650 metres. The climate is extreme continental, with long, cold winters, somewhat tempered by being protected from cold winds from the north and west by the mountain barrier of Gredos. Summers are hot and very little rainfall, only about 465mm per year.

When it comes to winemaking balance, freshness, finesse, elegance and depth are the key aims. The family craft their wines so that they reflect the typical nature of the soils, varieties and the local natural environment – overall, they are individual and unique. Only natural treatments are applied e.g. only indigenous yeasts from the vineyards, without using chemicals. Bodegas Jiménez-Landi prefers minimal intervention, in order to make honest wines that have a sense of their true origins.

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Named after a mountain that provides the magnificent backdrop to the vineyards in Real de San Vicente. Garnacha vines are 70-80 years of age. Goblet pruned. Granitic sandy soils. 750-850m altitude. Hand harvested in boxes. 50% destemmed. Fermented in oak casks. Malolactic in French oak barrels. Matured for 20 months in used French oak barrels, 500-3,000L capacities. No fining or filtration.

Robert Parker Wine Advocate (

I also tasted two vintages from their first Garnacha from Gredos, starting with the 2014 Piélago, a village wine sourced from four vineyards on granite soils in the village of El Real de San Vicente. It fermented in open top oak vats with indigenous yeasts with full clusters followed by malolactic in barrel, and the wine matured on the lees in the usual combination of 500-, 1,500- and 3,000-liter French oak barrels for 15 months. It showed vey high ripeness, touching the black fruit spectrum, with something earthy, balsamic and medicinal in a rustic way. The palate doesn't show very good balance—there are some herbal aromas and some bumpy tannins. A bit of a disappointment; I preferred the 2015 Sotorrondero from this year. 6,470 bottles were filled in March 2016. ( Luis Gutiérrez) Points: 88. Issue Date: 30/06/2017


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